On February 7, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rejected an offer by Vice President Joe Biden for direct talks. “Some naïve people like the idea of negotiating with America. However, negotiations will not solve the problem,” he said in a speech to Iranian Air Force commanders.
Khamenei’s official Twitter account also posted more than 30 comments on U.S.-Iran talks within hours. One tweet from Khamenei questioned whether "crippling sanctions" are proof of U.S. goodwill. Khamenei’s comments came one day after the United States announced new economic sanctions on Iran. Iran will judge the United States by its actions, another Khamenei tweet said. The following are excerpts from his speech, followed by his recent tweets.
#Iran's Leader: Given the history and current facts, our nation won't negotiate under pressure or w/t those threatening us.— khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) February 7, 2013
#Iran's Leader: Proposal for direct talks is meaningful when they exhibit their goodwill.— khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) February 7, 2013
Ayatollah #Khamenei: But in last four years, we have not seen anything other than continuation of their conspiracies, supporting terrorists.— khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) February 7, 2013